The signs I’ve been making are selling pretty well in the booth, but I quickly got tired of making them with new wood. They’re just not as attractive. I’ve been on the hunt for weathered, beaten up wood for a while now, but it’s hard to come by since Pinterest has everyone else looking for the same thing.

A month or so ago I saw an ad on Craigslist for some 6 foot pickets from an old fence with an asking price of $1/picket. Cheaper than Home Depot, but still too expensive for me to be too interested. About a week or so later, the guy had lowered the price to fifty cents per picket, so I bought 40 pickets from him.

I got them home and fell in love with them and sent Justin back to buy twenty more.

They are not without their flaws. Their surface is super rough so my first attempt at a big sign was a huge failure. I’m working on methods other than the vinyl stencils for painting words on them…also, I’m trying to sand them, but it significantly changes the color of the wood when I do that. Much experimentation is going on right now. I DID make these magnetic memo boards out of them (they each come with coordinating magnets made out of old game pieces or buttons):

I hustled these up to the booth because the kids are moving back to town for school, and I thought they would be ideal to hang over desks. I’ve sold one so far, so they’re not exactly flying off the shelves.

Here’s a little peek at something else I’m working on with the pickets:

I have no problem slapping paint on the pickets…now I just need to conquer the job of getting some words on there. I’ve also got this tantalizing stack of wood to work on:

All I need now is TIME!

Apropos of nothing, I took pictures of these doll clothes I framed and then never put them on the blog — I took them to the booth at the same time I took the magnet strips:

Aren’t those dresses the cutest things you’ve ever seen? I got them from another vendor at Daisies and Olives — the nicest person, who called me for an early viewing of some of the things she was selling at her yard sale a couple of months ago. She told me she thought she had some things that I would like and when I got there, she had set aside a huge pile of the most delicious goodies I had ever seen. She knew EXACTLY what I would like — I bought just about every single thing she had picked out for me. If these dresses don’t sell, I’ll be A-OK with that, as I would love for them to end up in Emme’s room once we split the twins up.


August 22, 2013 - 11:27 pm

Shara OH, those little framed dresses are just the BEST IDEA ever. Darling things, aren’t they?????? *On a related note, when you said, “Split the twins up.” It sounded like you guys were going all “Parent Trap” and each taking a kid with you.

You have been busy! I found an old mirror behind he bedroom door today that I had forgotten about – painted it white then distressed it all up. Then I made five chalkboard items. I SWORE I would never do that! But, here I am going nuts with the chalkboard paint.

I saw an ad for an Estate Sale up on your hill. Did you go?

August 28, 2013 - 8:59 am

Melissa Sorry for attacking your blog, but I need to catch up. The magnet boards are super cool! I love the one with the vintage buttons.